Foodler

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Foodler Inc.
Foodler logo.png
Type of site
Private
HeadquartersBoston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Area servedUnited States, Canada
Founder(s)Christian Dumontet
John Jannotti
Edin Arslanagic
Key peopleChristian Dumontet (Chairman, CEO, owner)
Jim Ricotta (COO)
IndustryOnline food ordering
Websitefoodler.com
Written inJava, Scala, Objective-C

Foodler Inc. was an American online food ordering service that connected consumers with a wide variety of restaurants for immediate delivery. The company’s website, www.foodler.com, ranked restaurants according to consumer feedback with recommendations based on order history, user ratings, discounts, and free delivery.[1] Users could rank specific dishes.[2] Foodler also remembered users’ favorite foods, addresses, payment, and tip preferences to speed up the ordering process.

As of May 2017, the company had generated food sales of over $500 million.[3] In June 2017, Foodler agreed to be acquired by competitor GrubHub[4], and on October 17, 2017, the Foodler website shut down and all ordering migrated to GrubHub.[5]

Delivery via Foodler was available from more than 12,000 restaurants in 48 states across the US.[6] The company had more than 1,200 restaurants available on its platform within the Boston area. Jeff Zamiri, owner of Sorento’s Italian Restaurant located in the Greater Boston area, indicated that partnering with Foodler grew the business by “at least 10%"[7]

Other locations included Atlanta, Baltimore,[8] Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Miami, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and in Vancouver, Canada.

Features and services[edit]

Foodler's Best Bets section selected up to 18 restaurants to display at the top of users’ listing page based on a variety of factors including customer ratings, past orders, cuisine, cost, and available discounts. Restaurants often offered Foodler customers exclusive specials, deals, and instant rebates.

In April 2013, the company began accepting Bitcoins as payment,[9] making it the first food ordering service to accept the electronic currency. Users could use Bitcoins to purchase gift certificates for Foodler.[10][11]

Foodler's rewards program allowed customers to earn points on each order which could be redeemed for FoodlerBucks, T-shirts, cash, or gift cards. The company also launched Foodler@work, allowing companies to pre-order food deliveries for small or large groups, as well as special events and parties.

The company released its iPhone app in April 2013.[12] The app supported geolocation via GPS to assist customers in locating delivery options. Customer details were synced with the web site, including points, payment options, and delivery preferences.

The company released its iPad app in February 2014,[13] followed by its Android app several days later.[14]

Partnerships[edit]

Foodler announced its partnership with LevelUp on February 26, 2014, bringing LevelUp's payment and loyalty rewards programs to all customers and restaurants in its network.[15]

There were no paper menus and food was often delivered using scooters and bikes via Foodler delivery partners like DASHED.[16]

Recognition[edit]

Christian Dumontet, CEO & co-founder, was named as a finalist in the 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award.[17]

In 2014, Foodler was recognized as the #16 fastest growing private company in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal.[18]

Later in 2014, Foodler was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America's fastest-growing private companies.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Online food ordering sites battle for Boston dining dime". Boston Business Journal. March 26, 2009.
  2. ^ "Foodler co-founder aims to remove the edge from ordering takeout". San Francisco Examiner. June 6, 2011. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "About Foodler". Foodler. May 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Delivery service Foodler acquired by GrubHub
  5. ^ "FAQ - Foodler Migration". www.grubhub.com. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  6. ^ "Bitcoins burning a hole in your pocket? Try ordering some takeout". GigaOM. April 17, 2013.
  7. ^ "Boston Getting 'All it Can Eat' with Foodler". eNewsChannels. December 6, 2006.
  8. ^ "Online food delivery service Foodler expands in Baltimore". Baltimore Business Journal. April 15, 2013.
  9. ^ https://www.foodler.com/user/Bitcoin.do
  10. ^ "Foodler Becomes First Food Ordering Service to Accept Bitcoin Payments". April 17, 2013.
  11. ^ "Sun Basket Meals". Wednesday, 13 February 2019
  12. ^ "Being Lazy Just Got Lazier: Foodler Releases iPhone App So You Can Order Take-Out Direct From Your Palm". BostInno. April 8, 2013.
  13. ^ "Foodler Brings Your 'Best Bets' for Local Food Delivery to the iPad". Yahoo! Finance. February 5, 2014.
  14. ^ "Foodler Makes It Easier Than Ever for Android Smartphone Users to Order Food from their Favorite Restaurant". PYMNTS.com. February 7, 2014. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2014.
  15. ^ "LevelUp and Foodler get together". Boston.com. February 26, 2014.
  16. ^ "Foodler.com Expands Across U.S." FSR Magazine. April 1, 2011.
  17. ^ "The Entrepreneur of the Year New England". reuters.com. May 20, 2014.
  18. ^ "Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Mass". bizjournals.com. April 18, 2014.
  19. ^ "Foodler Recognized by Inc. Magazine as One of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies". yahoo.com. August 26, 2014.

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